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Westporter Faces Forgery, Drug Charges

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport resident Julie Ruza was arrested Tuesday night on a warrant charging her with forgery, police said.

Ruza, of 8 Jennings Court, was stopped on Bayberry Lane by an officer who knew there was a warrant out for her arrest. The charge stemmed from a May incident in which $960 in checks were stolen and fraudulently cashed, police said. Ruza, 24, was identified on bank surveillance tapes along with Westport resident Christopher Dohme, 23, who knew the victim personally, police said.

While taking Ruza into custody, officers found drug paraphernalia, syringes and small plastic bags containing heroin. She was charged with sixth-degree larceny, third-degree forgery, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics. She was released after posting bond and is due in court on Aug. 8.

Dohme, of 20 Maplewood Ave., was arrested July 18 on two warrants. The first concerned the May check forgery, the second a June incident in which Dohme ran when officers spotted him on Main Street near Willowbrook Cemetery, police said. Dohme reportedly called the police department later that day and said he would turn himself in, but never did. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny, third-degree forgery and interfering with an officer. He was arraigned July 19 and is scheduled to appear in court again Aug. 2

Also from the police blotter:

Bridgeport resident Rodney Hargrove turned himself in to Westport police Tuesday on a warrant charging him with forging a stolen check for $5,000 in April. Hargrove, 42, deposited the money, then withdrew a large portion of it, the warrant charged. The owner of the stolen check did not know Hargrove or authorize the check. Hargrove was charged with third-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. He was held on a $10,000 bond and arraigned the next day. He is due back in court Aug. 9.

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